Archive for November, 2015


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25th November 2015 also happened to be the 25th Foundation Day of KIAMS and practically everyone involved with the institute came together to celebrate it with aplomb. It was on this day in 1990 that Sri S.L Kirloskar laid the foundation for the institute that came into being with the goal to provide outstanding education; academic, social and extracurricular, and to create opportunities for all students to excel. Over the years it has managed to do just that and a whole lot more, which is visible in the achievements of its alumni, who remain the institute’s glorious ambassadors.

So it was also the day to look back on the sterling achievements of KIAMS and anticipate all that it has in store for students of today and tomorrow. The campus, venue for the revelries had taken on a festive look and the excitement was palpable all around. The day was made more special by the presence of Mr. Raghunath Medge, President of the Dabbawala Association Mumbai. It was also a big day for PGDM 1 toppers; Shruti Hariharan, who stood first, and Karen Saldhana and Surabhi Rathore, who ranked second. They were big winners at the prize distribution ceremony along with summer internship achievers, Rana Amar Singh (1st prize) and Nikhil Stephen Daniel (2nd prize).

Shruti also had the privilege of leading the gathering for the auspicious Invocation that started the proceedings for the day on a thoughtful note. The traditional lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries present in the gathering followed. There were big names from the industry and academia present for the occasion. The Chief Guest, Mr. Medge was then introduced by Ms. Gayathri Sunil Kumar, who talked about the dabbawallas in Mumbai, described as the Phenomenon by New York Times. Mr. Medge heads six sigma organization and it was interesting to note the work he has done over the years.

The Dabbawalla association has 5000 employees that deliver over a lakh tiffins in a day, and has statistically been shown to make one mistake in six million deliveries. While the students were informed about the history of the association, Mr. Medge talked about inflection point that organized business construction comes with perseverance. According to him, “A mix of hard work, dedication and militant commitment made the dabbawalla association a renowned, six – sigma organization, as described Forbes magazine.” His inspiring words were followed by a pat on the back for the meritorious students who were rewarded for their efforts during the prize distribution ceremony. But it was a day when everyone went back home with crucial takeaways and a of course a smile on their faces, after being a part of the special day for KIAMS.

IMG-20151130-WA0009Coming from the North East, the journey to Harihar was a long one for me. It gave me a lot of time to think about how things were going to be here and whether I would be able to manage on my own. I was quite nervous, to be honest, and came to the campus with a lot of anticipation. It has been five months since then and I can comfortably say that I have found my second home.

I have stayed in hostels during earlier academic years, but this was the first time I was such a distance away from home and my comfort zone. Thankfully, I have adjusted here quite well and found my own comfort level with the surroundings and with the people. The campus itself is quite stunning, and I can also have my personal space and go out for long walks if I want to.

I feel overwhelmed with the kind of love and support I have received from my classmates, as well as my seniors. The faculty team is friendly and very encouraging, while Director Sir is my mentor. It’s because of their contributions that I feel there is a huge positive change in my personality. I will forever be grateful to all of them for their help on this journey.

I have to admit that since I am from an Economics Hons background, studying fourteen management subjects from the word ‘go’ was a bit tricky for me initially. Classes, assignments, etc. – it all got a bit hectic. But, as time passes, we are adjusting to the work schedule and the routine we have managed to build for ourselves.

The good thing is that it’s not just about studies at the present moment – we get to enjoy some lighter moments as well. The Independence Day celebrations with some of the alumni were interesting, while the Vasundhara Film Festival was an eye-opening experience. We got to interact with many professionals and that was a tremendous learning experience in itself.

Within a period of five months, I have started looking forward to my classes, assignments and presentations. Of course, the pressure does get to us from time to time and we look for ways to get rid of the stress. Thankfully for that we have the Triangle, Rotunda, the auditorium, swimming pool and the gym, which have made KIAMS, Harihar the best home I could have had for my studies.

ronik lahaI heard a lot about the PGDM program at KIAMS, and studying at a premier institute with a multinational brand name like Kirloskar was a big draw for me. I knew it would help me to a great extent in my future career prospects and I see a change in me already. I think the program is polishing my skills and letting me shine as an individual and future professional.

I came to KIAMS with a lot of expectations and I can see they are being fulfilled in the best possible way. The faculty members are experienced and they are always available to help students out. We get to learn a lot from industry visits and other practical assignments, which have become a hallmark of studying at the institute.

The first thing that impressed me about the institute was the state–of-the-art facilities it has. From the well-equipped library to the recreational facilities, like the sports venues and swimming pool, everything is just spot on here. Every time we want to unwind after a long day, we can make the most out of the facilities to relax.

The campus atmosphere on the whole is absolutely great. There are students from all over the country and many different backgrounds are represented. It has been an enriching experience because of that, since I get to know about various cultures from our glorious country. I think I will be able to make friends for life here at the institute.

I have been here for three months and there have been several activities that have left their mark on me. The Freshers’ party was a lot of fun, but I would particularly like to mention the outbound training program that was held on campus. The program helped us know a lot about each other, our existing skills and true potential.

The highlight of that program for me was the fact that through physical activities we learned a lot about management techniques. There were inspirational lessons, which I will cherish for a long time. We also had opportunities to interact and learn from the alumni of the institute, and they told us how to prepare for interviews and how to communicate with managers, both of which will help us greatly in our future endeavours.

It has been an interesting journey for me, largely due to the fact that I came here after gaining more than a year’s work experience with a renowned group like ITC. I am also a professional guitarist, and I strum my guitar when I want to spread joy around or just want to relax. But right now, I am focused on the future and making the most out of everything the institute can offer me.

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DATE: 25TH NOVEMBER, 2015

TIME: 10.55 AM

PLACE: Harihar Campus

 On the 25thof November 2015, KIAMS Celebrated its 25thFoundation Day.

The gala event was held in the auditorium with many dignitaries attending. Mr. Jagdish Bapat, vice-president HRM from Grasim Industries Ltd., and also an alumnus of TISS, Mumbai, graced the event as the chief guest. Professor Dr. C.N. NARAYAN, Director of KIAMS, Dr. Anil Kumar Garg, R.l. Nandewar (Director Bapuji B-school), and Ram lingam M.D of N.S Industries,were the guests of honors. Among the faculty members who attended were Prof. Gita Madhuri and Prof. V.S Pai. All of the esteemed guests made the program a successful one. The program started with a prayer song devoted to Lord Ganesha sung by 1st year students. Thus, the best academic performers of 2014-2016 were felicitated and awarded. In addition, the summer internship toppers of 2014-2016 were also applauded for their accolades. Yuvaraj Sir (Accountant Assistant and Admissions), whohas been associated with KIAMS for 20 years, was also recognized for his work for and dedication to the institute. Mr. Venkatesh was also recognized for being with KIAMS since 2005, and associated with Kirloskar since 1993.

The Chief Guest Mr. Jagdish Bapat, tried to motivate students to work hard toward ensuring success in their future endeavours. He also shared a lot of information about the corporate world and the changes he sees ahead. He focuses on how students can navigate these changes as they work toward their professional goals. Dr. C.N. Narayan (Director, KIAMS) remarked that The 25th Foundation Day was a momentous occasion for KIAMS. Walking down memory lane, he discussed the illustrious journey of the institute, with a focus on the life of S.l. Kirloskar. He also motivated students on how to progress in their careers and how to remain successful by sharing the thoughts of Swami Vivekananda.

After this moving talk, the gala event ended. The close of the event was followedby a wonderful lunch, which gave the attendees a chance to mingle and discuss many different ideas related to KIAMS and the corporate world.By

                                                                                                             Swastika kundu

                                                                                    (MRC, CAMPUS JOURNALIST)